Paycheck-fairness bill introduced by Eshoo Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jan 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm
Fifty years after a fair-wage bill became law, women still earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man makes for doing equal work. And that disparity costs each individual, couple or family $400,000 to $2 million over a woman's career, according to U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo.
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Posted by CrunchyCookie, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Jan 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm CrunchyCookie is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Wait a sec, I thought the long-quoted "77 cents for every dollar" (isn't it 79?) thing was understood to be a raw, unadjusted figure encompassing ALL salaries -- a gap that isn't all that vast once you account for women working fewer hours and disproportionately coming out of school with unmarketable horsecrap degrees.
Posted by CrunchyCookie, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Jan 26, 2013 at 8:35 am CrunchyCookie is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
You can, as long as you make a footnote that after adjusting for household size and educational levels, all minorities (including Asians) lose compared to whites. Replace "median" with "mean" and I'll bet it becomes a matter of multiples.
Also, I was bored and browsed the report after all. My suspicions were mostly right: the 77 cents thing came from the numbers on page 7 stating women earned $36,931 against men's $47,715. But the only criteria was being a "full-time worker", so we have one pool loaded with $100,000 engineers and financiers and another pool largely skewed by $40,000 K-12 teachers and $30,000 social workers. Weak journalism on the PA Weekly's part for assuming "equal pay for equal work".
Proper discussion of discrimination entails having the right facts first.
Posted by Perspective, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jan 29, 2013 at 7:53 am
Oh give me a break. There is no wage disparity between men and women who do the same jobs. The only 'disparity" comes from women who choose careers that pay less, and/or drop out of careers to stay home and raise kids and lose time/experience, and/or choose less demanding jobs with same degrees in order to be with our kids.
That is our choice, don't make it harder to choose those routes by stupid laws.
Please stop trying to "help" us, you hurt us every time. This will just make it harder for women to find the kind of work they want to do and still have kids.